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Body-Shaming Is Never A Good Idea & Columnists Should Know Better

It takes away all the shine

What could have a been a sound op-ed by LA Times columnist David Horsey, quickly evolved into a sexism row much to his surprise.

In his column, titled Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the right mouthpiece for a truth-twisting president last week, Horsey tried to showcase the ease with which White House Chief Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivers President Trump’s take on the truth (or is it post-truth?).

Despite noting how unlike her predecessor, Sean Spicer, she is able to keep her cool, many took him to task for focusing on Sanders’ appearance. ‘Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids' games,’ he wrote, and then added that she is a surprising choice for a president with an eye for ‘sleek beauties with long legs and stiletto heels.’ (Enter First Lady, Melania, and First Daughter, Ivanka!)

The approach backfired with left-leaning voices sharing their dismay in his choice of commentary. Brianna Wu, a Democrat who is running for Congress, tweeted: ‘Critique her politics. Her looks have no bearing whatsoever.’ And a senior editor at The Atlantic questioned how a column like that was even editor-approved?

Instead of focusing on the task at hand (the questionable ‘truths’ prescribed by the Trump presidency), what piqued many people’s interest were Horsey’s sexist remarks. From The Washington Post to Newsweek and The New York Times, Horsey had no choice but to apologise ‘… for a description that was insensitive and failed to meet the standards of our newspaper…’ he wrote.

Lesson learned.

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